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Alex Ervin Tooley

Born: Thu., Nov. 1, 1945
Died: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 11, 2019
6:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Yokley-Trible Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Yokley-Trible Funeral Home

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Ervin passed away peacefully from this life on January 3, 2019 in Bowling Green, Ky at the Greenview Hospital. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family during the last days of his life.

Ervin was born in Tompkinsville, Ky on November 1, 1945, to the late Ada Lee Tooley and the late Alex Eleck Tooley,Sr.

Ervin attended Ralphe Bunch High School until segregation ended then he attended Tompkinsville High School where he graduated.

On November 17, 1964 Ervin married his loving wife, the late Eva Nell Graves-Tooley. They were married 48 years until Eva Nell’s Passing in 2012.

Ervin was  proceeded in death by his sisters: Mary Corrine Bartlett, Bertie Lee Tooley, Katherine Tooley, and Jodell Norman.

He is survived by three loving sons: Charles Tooley (Amanda) of Columbia, Ky, Jamie Tooley (Naomi) of Tompkinsville, Ky, Alex Bernard Tooley of Tompkinsville, Ky, One daughter: Leticia Emberton of Indianapolis, IN. Two loving brothers Clurie Eagle Tooley(Evetta) of Tompkinsville and Mickey Rowe (Estelle) of Louisville, Ky. Special nephew, Chris Smith, Six grandchildren: Justin Tooley of Washington DC, Alex Benjamin Tooley of Lebanon, TN,  Issacc Tooley of Lebanon  TN, James Brewer of Tompkinsville, Alexis Tooley of Columbia, Ky, Alex Tooley of Columbia, Ky, six great-grandchildren, and a host of loving nieces and nephews that he loved like his own.   

Ervin worked at SKF/Tyson’s Plant in Glasgow, Ky before taking over his family’s BBQ business known as Tooley’s BBQ. Tooleys BBQ was established by Ervin’s father the late Alex Eleck Tooley in 1958. Ervin took over the family business in 1973 for 18 years after his father died. Tooley’s BBQ sustained successfully for 33 years before selling in 1991 to Anita Hamilton- Bartlett and Sam Graves what is now known as R&S BBQ.

Ervin was an active and proud member of The Kingdom Hill Church of Christ located in Tompkinsville, Ky.

Ervin enjoyed spending time with his grand kids, horses, talking with friends, smiling, singing, listening to music, and sharing his gift and knowledge of BBQ.       

After 73 years of living a good life and labor he can now rest. He will be missed by many, and most of all he will be missed by his family.  

Funeral Service will be held at Yokley Trible Funeral Home at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 12th, 2019.

Visitation is Friday 5:00-8:00 P.M. and Saturday 6:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. at Yokley Trible Funeral Home.

Burial is in Mt. Nebo Cemetery.



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Marsha Conkin Miles
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
Prayers for the family

James Henry Richey
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
To the family of Ervin, I send my sincere condolence.
Ervin reported to me @ Tyson Bearing (SKF) in Glasgow.
Everyone liked Ervin, and He was a good worker. It is a pleasure to have known This man.

Richard Pipkin
   Posted Sun January 06, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Ervin Tooley family for your loss.

David Hammer
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
Sorry for your loss,prayers for Family and Friends 🙏,
David Hammer

Pastor Frankie J. Tooley
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
To the heart and core of family value: I thank God for knowing this man growing up he was a second father and our cousin. Horse's was our biggest shed experience, he was dedicated in teaching us to ride, raise pigs, and how to deal with chickens. As I became older and visited the family BBQ business I always had weekend monies helping out there and he was a good Tenor singer growing up he was a blessing in teaching us songs and reminding me "you sung well Lil Tooley keep it up" so with love and gratitude You Sir will always be Big Unc.

Sharon Hamilton-Stovall
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
May GOD comfort and keep you during these trying times & in the future. Keeping the Family in my Prayers and Thoughts & you all have my deepest condolences.

Mezetta Hunter
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
To the family of Ervin Tooley . I offer my condolences I went to School with Ervin At RALPH BUNCHE. HE WAS ALWAYS QUIET AND KIND AND RESPECTFUL YOU WILL BE MISSED MY FRIEND . I DOn't live there so by chance I got to see Ervin AND BIG JIM MY CLASSMATE AT. Y NEPHEW BY MARRIAGE CARTER TOOLEY AT HIS WAKE THAT WAS THE FIRSTTime I had seen them SINCE THEY LEFT SCHOOL IT WAS SO NICE to catch up. Rest on dear friend

Pearlene Gamble
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Pearlene Gamble.

Sharing your sadness Love you all Pearlene &Terrecka

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